What Is The History Behind The Alamo Cenotaph & Why Is It So Controversial Today?
The most recent draft of the Alamo Plaza master plan suggests moving the 60-foot-tall structure to another location, as well as repairing the aging stone and concrete frame.
The sculpture is also called "The Spirit of Sacrifice," named after the theme for which it was commissioned during the state's 100 year anniversary in 1936. The monument is meant to honor the defenders of the siege and Battle of the Alamo.
How did the monument come to be at the Alamo, and how did it become so controversial? What are the proposed changes to the Cenotaph, and why do some supporters want it left alone?
As San Antonio celebrates its tricentennial year, how can residents and tourists remember the fallen with dignity?
- Sue Ann Pemberton, tri-chair of the Alamo Plaza Advisory Committee and assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
- Lee Spencer White, president of the Alamo Defenders Descendants Association
- Scott Huddleston, reporter for the San Antonio Express-News
- Clinton McKenzie, Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio